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Trees for OUTDOOR GYMs Installations

 

Outdoor Fitness Equipment

Types of Trees used in our School Outdoor Fitness Areas

The tree types (species) we use in and around our School Outdoor Gyms, are dependent on the purpose for which they are required.
The main categories would be:

 

  • Anti-Pollution and purifying of the air
  • Screening from an ugly view
  • Provide privacy for the users
  • Shelter from prevailing winds or strong sun
  • Softening of nearby urban noise

 

PHOTOSYNTHESIS

You will often have noticed how the air is so fresh and pure when you are in areas covered with trees. This is because the trees are breathing out huge quantities of Oxygen. So you may well ask “how does this happen?”


The answer is PHOTOSYNTHESIS. This is the process whereby green plants use sunlight energy to change water and Carbon Dioxide into Oxygen and nutrients called glucose (or sugars).
To describe this process (in a proverbial nutshell), is as follows:

 

  • Trees use their leaves to filter the air around them; they suck in the air containing pollution particles through miniscule holes (“stomata”) on the undersides of their leaves.
  • Rainwater, falling on the ground, is stored in the tree roots and is carried up the inside of the tree trunks by tiny pipes (“vascular tissues”) to the leaves on the trees.
  • The leaves on the trees contain a substance named “chlorophyll”.
  • Chlorophyll is a green pigment which lives in the Chloroplasts (“organelles”) of the leaves of trees (and all green plants).
  • Sunlight is absorbed into the leaves by this chlorophyll.
  • The leaves of trees use this sunlight and the rainwater to convert the Carbon Dioxide into sugars (glucose) and Oxygen.
  • Trees use the sugars (glucose) for energy to grow in size.
  • As the rainwater molecules are broken down during this process of forming the necessary glucose, the trees retain the Carbon and release the Oxygen into the surrounding air, through the tiny holes (stomata) on the underside of their leaves.
  • Trees do not use up all the glucose immediately.
  • The glucose is carefully stored for future use, in the form of “insoluble starch”.
  • It is carefully distributed back down to the roots, via the inside of the trunks, down the “pipes” or “vascular tissues”, where it is released as needed into the roots, the trunk and the branches.

 

Oxygen producing Tree for Outdoor Gyms

All trees, as we have said, will produce Oxygen, through their Photosynthesis. However, some trees will devour Carbon Dioxide more voraciously than others.


Generally speaking, rapidly growing trees and those with larger leaves will absorb harmful gases and will purify the air, faster than slow growing trees, or those with small leaves. It must be remembered that trees give out most Oxygen whilst they are growing; when they reach their maximum height, they need less energy to grow and thus give off less Oxygen.

 

DECIDUOUS TREES which REDUCE AIR POLLUTION

  • Oak                                                                                        
  • Beech
  • Poplar                                                                                    
  • Elm
  • Sycamore (many varieties)
  • Flowering Cherry (many varieties)                                  
  • Ginko Biloba
  • Tulip Tree                                                                            
  •  Catalpa
  • Fig                                                                                         
  • Birch (various types)
  • Malus (several)                                                                    
  • Stags Horn Sumach
  • Ash                                                                                       
  • Lime
  • Plane                                                                                     
  • Albizzia julibrissin

 

EVERGREEN TREES which REDUCE AIR POLLUTION

  • Eucalyptus (several varieties)                                         
  • Pines (several varieties)
  • Olive                                                                                    
  • Acacia pravissima
  • Ilex (several varieties)                                                      
  • Quercus (several varieties)
  • Loquat                                                                                
  •  Acacia dealbata
  • Acacia baileyana                                                                
  • Acer Pensylvaticum
  • Prunus maackii

 

Obviously, our choice of trees to surround one of our Outdoor Fitness Gyms, is dependent on whether or not we can plant straight into the soil.

 

If the area has an existing hard surface, generally we are able to break through this and plant whichever trees we wish. However, if planting can only be done in large Containers (Timber or otherwise) our choice is more restricted.

 

TREES WITH SCENTED FLOWERS FOR SCHOOL OUTDOOR GYMS

DECIDUOUS Trees

  • Cytisus battandieri                                                           
  • Albizzia julibrissin
  • Malus (many varieties)                                                    
  • Lagerstroemia
  • Prunus cerasifera                                                             
  • Prunus cisterna
  • Hamamelis Mollis                                                             
  • Cercis canadensis

 

EVERGREEN TREES

  • Loquat                                                                               
  • Acacia baileyana
  • Olea europea                                                                  
  • Magnolia Grandiflora
  • Acacia dealbata                                                              
  • Acacia Pravissima
  • Azara Microphylla                                                           
  • Dracaena Fragrans

 

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